Mercuri to expand to Europe?

The Daily Telegraph in the UK is reporting attempts to set up yet another T20 franchizse.
“A European Twenty20 cricket league featuring franchises from Scotland, Ireland and Holland – the sport’s equivalent of rugby union’s Pro14 competition – could launch this year, Telegraph Sport has learnt. The boards of Scotland, Ireland and Holland are in talks about creating a new tournament called the Euro Cricket League, the first cross-nation T20 league of its kind. Telegraph Sport understands that the league could be funded by Mercuri, which bankrolled the inaugural Global T20 Canada league last year. It is believed that the Indian sports marketing company would pay the three boards an annual fee in return for organising the competition.”
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It seems that initial plans are for each nation to contribute two franchise teams, with playing elevens consisting of at least six home qualified players and five “imports”. The likely dates are August and September (after the Global T20 in Toronto), which will clash with the Caribbean Premier League.

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